Cards look to rebound vs. FAU, former coach

No. 22 Louisville (2-1) hosts Florida Atlantic and former coach Howard Schnellenberger Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium hoping to rebound from last week's disappointing 45-14 loss to South Florida.

No. 22 Louisville (2-1) welcomes Florida Atlantic (0-4) and former coach Howard Schnellenberger to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday afternoon for homecoming.

The Cardinals hope to rebound against the Owls from last week's disappointing 45-14 upset loss to South Florida.

But the storyline today likely won't be the game on the field, but the return of the man largely responsible for the Cardinals eight year old stadium. Schnellenberger, Louisville's coach from 1985-94, helped revive the Cardinals struggling program, leading them to the 1991 Fiesta Bowl and 1993 Liberty Bowl before bolting for Oklahoma.

After a failed one-year stint in Norman, Schnellenberger again started anew, this time at Florida Atlantic, a school without a football program until the 71 year-old coach's arrival seven years ago.

Now the winless Owls invade Louisville looking to spring a major upset. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino, though, has no such plans of making Schnellenberger's homecoming a fun one on the field.

"What we need to do is show him the respect by going out and playing a great game of football the way the Louisville Cardinals need to," Petrino said.

FAU has struggled this season against a tough schedule with an inexperienced team. Despite their record, the Owls played both Kansas and Oklahoma State tough early, and Petrino said they aren't to be taken lightly.

"He's going to have a real good club down there," Petrino said. "They're real fast, they fly around and they've been playing really good defense. His quarterback had a good game last week running around and throwing. So they're very dangerous."

The Owls will start five true freshmen on offense, including three on the offensive line.

"They're playing a lot of young guys," Petrino said.

FAU will give Louisville multiple defensive looks today and that's something that kept Petrino and the Cardinals working overtime during practice this week.

"They play a couple different schemes on defense and that hurt our preparation a little bit because we (had) to prepare for a little bit more than we normally do."


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